Preparation and characterization of new electrically conductive composites based on expanded graphite with potential use as remote environmental detectors

Prostredný, Martin and Krupa, Igor and Špitalský, Zdenko (2020) Preparation and characterization of new electrically conductive composites based on expanded graphite with potential use as remote environmental detectors. Processes, 8 (9). 1176. ISSN 2227-9717

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    Abstract

    The presented paper is focused on studying electrically conductive composites based on an elastomeric matrix and expanded graphite as the filler. A potential application as an environmental remote detector was studied. The influence of filler particle size, film thickness, detector length, temperature, and the amount of oil on the detector response rate were explored. Peel tests were performed in order to investigate the adhesion of prepared detector films to different materials. Expanded graphite with average particle size 5 µm was chosen for the experiments due to its fastest response. Decreasing the detector film thickness has caused an increase in the response rate but also a decrease in the signal measured. The response rate of the detector system was in a practical range even for lower temperatures. From the obtained data, the proposed detector seems to be suitable for a practical application.